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F. Gary Gray Reportedly on Shortlist of 3 Directors for ‘Furious 8’

F. Gary Gray Reportedly on Shortlist of 3 Directors for 'Furious 8'

UPDATE: The search for a director for the next “Fast & Furious” movie has apparently come down to a list of 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter this evening: F. Gary Gray, Louis Leterrier, and Adam Wingard. The trio are to meet with star Vin Diesel. So, at some point in the near or distant future, one of these 3 gents could very well be announced as director of the 8th film in the successful franchise. Whoever it is just might have a trilogy on their hands, given what Diesel shared last week (see below). Gray is of course coming off the global box office smash “Straight Outta Compton.” I actually expected that, thanks in part to that film’s success, making him maybe one of the hottest directors in Hollywood currently, he’d be Marvel’s top choice for “Black Panther.” No announcement there yet.

Last week’s “Furious” post follows below.


In case you haven’t heard, Universal and Vin Diesel are having a little trouble settling on a director for the next film in the super-successful “Fast & Furious” franchise. There was even a rumor that Diesel himself was interested in directing the film, which is unlikely. 

But what you may not yet know is that “Furious 8” (or whatever the next and 8th film will be titled) won’t actually be the last film in the franchise, as maybe you’d imagine; I certainly didn’t think it would last this long, let alone 8 films, although, given the increasing box office success of each film, leading up to “Furious 7” this year, I wasn’t shocked to hear that an 8th film would be made. But I certainly didn’t expect the franchise to go beyond that, especially after the death of one of its very key players in Paul Walker before “Furious 7” was released. It just feels like now is probably a very good time to wrap it all up, with one last movie!

Diesel clearly doesn’t agree, given the below update he posted to his Facebook page on Friday, which I missed completely, and only learned of its existence today:

The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world… Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been…

Posted by Vin Diesel on Friday, 25 September 2015

As you can see, he’s seems to be implying here that there will be a final trilogy of “Fast & Furious” films, starting with the next one, #8, I’d imagine, with 2 more to follow after that – #9 & #10. I suppose a nice whole number like “10” is attractive. But let’s hope he keeps his word and the franchise doesn’t go beyond 10; although, quite frankly, I just don’t know what else they could do with the narrative, which has veered far away from its streetcar racing origins and become an international, James Bond/Jason Bourne-like action-thriller franchise. Will another cousin/brother/sister/father/mother of a past villain show up seeking revenge? Or (SPOILER ALERT) given how “Furious 7” ended, can we expect Statham to return in the next movie, since he wasn’t killed off? Maybe the Shaw brothers (since both of them are still alive, although older brother Owen is in critical condition in a hospital) find a way to get back together and team up to take on Dominic and the his posse? 

I say stick a fork in it after #8, and move on. Another trilogy? I’ll pass. I wasn’t that impressed with “Furious 7” and may be in the minority on that.

Here’s Diesel’s latest Facebook post on the proposed ending trilogy:

All weekend long, my producing partner Neal, the Studio and myself have been mapping out the future of our SAGA… All…

Posted by Vin Diesel on Sunday, 27 September 2015

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